Newly released full image of Earth is stunning
In 1972, the very first photo showing Earth in its entirety made its debut. Since then, many similar 'Blue Marble' pictures have followed.
Getting such an image is far from a point-and-shoot operation, but the cameras aboard the DSCOVR satellite have greatly simplified the process.
Recently, the first snapshot was captured by the satellite from a distance of about a million miles and beamed back to home base.
In addition to it being beautiful, it's astonishing in that, unlike many prior depictions, it's not a composite.
One of the greatest problems with taking a full picture of Earth is that our planet is so large.
Often times the stunning views we see are actually multiple photos joined together.
Thanks to DSCOVR's super-powerful camera, aptly named EPIC, there's no stitching involved.
Though DSCOVR has a bevy of duties to tend to while out in space, it will be sending more full photos of our planet in the days ahead.